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Boeing 737 MAX 7 Completes Successful First Flight

Boeing’s new 737 MAX 7 successfully completed its first flight. The airplane remains on schedule and now begins a comprehensive flight test program leading to certification and delivery in 2019. “Everything we saw during today’s flight shows that the MAX 7 is performing exactly as designed,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of […]

Optomec Brings Additive Metal Technologies To Aviation Aftermarket

With a total staff of 82 people, the additive manufacturing firm Optomec is small, but it has some very big aviation customers, such as United Technologies, Boeing, Rockwell Collins and GE, which has invested in Optomec. The company is bringing some very different additive metal technologies to aviation that could be especially useful in overhaul […]

New Airbus A330-800 Starts Final Assembly

Final assembly of the newest member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800, has started and is on track for the first flight planned in mid-2018. The A330-800 complements the A330-900, the largest member of the A330neo Family. With its 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) as base variant, the A330-800 can operate routes of up to […]

Air Mauritius Takes Delivery of Its First A350 XWB

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the Indian Ocean carrier. The aircraft, leased from AerCap, was delivered during a ceremony held in Mauritius. The Mauritian based airline has chosen a very comfortable two class layout with a total of 326 seats comprising 28 in Business […]

Embraer Announces Delivery of the First E190-E2 in 2018

Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer, announced the delivery of its first E190-E2 in April 2018. Widerøe, the largest regional carrier operating in the Nordic countries, is the launch customer to receive the newest, upgraded version of the prosperous E-Jet family of aircraft. “Since the program was launched, the first half of 2018 has been our target, and […]

Chinese Lessors Must Tread Carefully With Local Demand

China’s voracious appetite for new aircraft has caused Boeing to raise its long-term demand forecast for the country. The U.S. manufacturer predicts that China will require 7,240 new aircraft through 2036, comprised of 5,420 narrowbodies, 1,490 widebodies, 180 freighters and 150 regional aircraft. The total is 6.3% higher than 2016’s 20-year forecast. “China’s continuous economic […]

UTC To Acquire Rockwell Collins In $30 Billion Aerospace Mega-Merger

United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has reached a definitive agreement to buy Rockwell Collins for $30 billion, a mega-merger of aircraft parts and systems suppliers that will reshape the global aerospace manufacturing landscape. The $30 billion transaction value includes $23 billion in equity and Farmington, Connecticut-based UTC assuming $7 billion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell’s debt. […]

ATR Continues To Dominate Commercial Turboprop Market

The large-turboprop market is essentially a duopoly between Toulouse-based ATR and Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, but unlike the seesaw competition between Airbus and Boeing, it is one in which the European manufacturer has a clear advantage. ATR, jointly owned by Airbus and Leonardo of Italy, has a backlog of 250 aircraft—mostly for the 68-78-seat ATR 72-600, […]

Airbus Delivers First U.S.-Produced A320 To Spirit Airlines

The first delivery of an A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility has taken place in Mobile, Alabama, USA. The aircraft, delivered to Spirit Airlines, is the 37th overall delivery from the U.S. facility since production began in July 2015. The previous 36 aircraft were A321 aircraft, making this delivery another important milestone for […]

Is Chinese C919 Strong Enough To Be Internationally Acknowledged?

By introducing the C919 airliner to the public during its maiden flight on 5th May China made a brave step into the niche market of medium-haul aircraft. However, experts say that even despite possible dumping it will be difficult to compete with Boeing and Airbus. Entering the market The C919 developed by Commercial Aircraft Corp. […]